The study of Italian Hand is the key to unlocking all other script hands and will free your hand with the pointed pen. The delicate script has the power to drastically lighten your touch with the pen and enhances a thoughtful approach to your other script hands. Described as playful, joyful and exuberant by its early writing masters, Italian Hand reaches back to the late 1500’s and was prominently used until the mid 1860’s. This mercantile script is narrow, graceful and made distinctive through its unusual use of shading. Often called “blob top or club top” lettering, this hand evolved out of italic hands and appears throughout history in various forms. Although it was historically marketed as a simple script hand, it can look confusing until it is demystified. The lowercase forms are very simple to learn. The capitals are varied and can take the form of Standard Roundhand or the more complex reverse shaded letter forms. We will learn to navigate the negative spaces of the capitals as we add embellishments to our script forms. Using Italian Hand as the script base, the student will learn how to incorporate gentle flourishes to augment this playful hand. I will be sharing the keys to understanding how flourishes work with Italian Hand. The end goal of this online presentation is not to precisely copy a historic hand but to help unlock its mysteries and bring it forward into this century. It is a beautiful hand
to explore! This workshop assumes a basic knowledge of the pointed and is welcomes all skill levels from novice to advanced.